Category: In Their Own Words

Ford Fiesta ST Returns To Australia

Ford Fiesta ST Returns To Australia

Hi, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy, with yesterday’s press release from Ford Motor Company announcing the return of the 2020 Ford Fiesta ST to Australia. Now, first things first. I am NOT a fan of Ford’s passenger range, even though that’s where I started in the motor industry in 1978.

2020 Hyundai Venue Compact SUV

2020 Hyundai Venue Compact SUV

Hi there, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy, with yesterday’s media release from Hyundai. Whenever I notice something important, I generally provide the press release from the particular manufacturer. This one announces the 2020 Hyundai Venue. If you then have a need or want to purchase the new model, you can

Mazda MX-5 – Bringing Sexy Back.

Mazda BT-50 – In Their Own Words

It’s a very competitive world in the utility (ute) market. As I suggested in my recent take on the Nissan Navarra ST 4×4 Dual Cab, it’s the most represented segment of the Australian Car Business. Mazda has upgraded its offering with the Mazda BT-50

2018 Mustang Convertible Review – Throttle House

2018 Mustang Convertible Review – Throttle House

Hello there – Bob Aldons, The Car Guy on this beautiful Friday in Redcliffe, Queensland, down under in Australia. Thomas Holland from Throttle House gets to drive some really cool cars.This week, he’s in the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Convertible. If you remember, he wasn’t very complimentary of the EcoBoost version (no surprise there), so let’s see what he thinks about the 5.0 V8.

Isuzu Ute – 10 Years and Going Strong

Isuzu Ute – 10 Years and Going Strong

Hi, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy, and former Isuzu Ute dealer helping to celebrate IUA’s 10th anniversary in Australia.Back in early 2008, the then and first managing director of Isuzu Ute Australia, Hitoshi Kono, and his right-hand man, Takeshi ‘Kasa” Kasahara approached me and my business partner with a view to taking on a brand new franchise, Isuzu Ute. With a financial involvement with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, (we were Mitsubishi dealers as well) we both welcomed the approach and agreed to sign on.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – Car Review – Update

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – Car Review – Update

Hi, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy with a press release from Mitsubishi Motors Australia regarding specification improvement and price reduction on The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVNow, more affordable than ever, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV starts at $45,990 (plus government charges and dealer delivery) which places it squarely in the more affordable medium SUV range.

Suzuki Swift Sport Turbo - BeeRacing

Suzuki Swift and Suzuki Vitara – More Awards

Konnichiwa, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy, with a press release from Suzuki Auto Co in Brisbane. Most economical small car to own and operate – Suzuki Swift of courseI’ve been a Suzuki advocate since taking on the Suzuki franchise way back in August 2000. Back then my business partner and I acquired Redcliffe Mitsubishi and Suzuki at Redcliffe from long-term owners Alistair Stewart and Roy Elkington. The Mitsubishi part of the transaction was pretty easy to justify, Suzuki not so much.

Hyundai Sante Fe – In Their Own Words

Hyundai Sante Fe – In Their Own Words

Hi, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy, with Hyundai’s press release about the 2019 Hyundai  Santa Fe. Hyundai’s new-generation family favourite makes style, safety and connectivity standard and raises the bar again in the large SUV category. Here’s what the company has to say about the 2019 Hyundai Sante Fe.

5 Year Warranty – The Stop Outs are Dropping Out

5 Year Warranty – The Stop Outs are Dropping Out

On June 1st Ford Australia announced the introduction of a 5 Year Warranty and now it’s Holden’s turn. Good on you both. It’s time that consumers had this better warranty. The Car Business demands it. If my memory is clear that now only leaves, Toyota, Subaru, Volkswagen, Nissan and Mazda as the last major players in the Australian car business with a 3-year warranty. These stop outs need to have a long hard look at themselves – the new car warranty has moved on – 5-year warranty is the norm with Kia still the front-runner with 7 years.

Suzuki Swift Goes Nose To Tail Around Australia 1.5 Times

Suzuki Swift Goes Nose To Tail Around Australia 1.5 Times

6,000,000 is a big number in anyone’s language. And that’s the number of Suzuki Swift sold around the world since the launch of the model in 2005.I was there as a Suzuki dealer in 2005. Suzi and I went to Japan to see the plant where the Swift was built and enjoyed the hospitality of senior Suzuki people. One thing I can say without question is that Suzuki is well and truly committed to building a quality car and looking after their customers. Their passion is unquestionable.

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I know that there’s a lot of websites that offer car reviews, car road tests, opinions on various cars and the like. What makes this site different is that I’m not going to bore you with technical information about the various cars that I review.

I’ve been in the car business for over 39 years. I’ve read the motoring magazines cover to cover. I’ve read the online reviews until my eyes were square. Everywhere that I go, I find motoring journalists talking about car speeds – 0 – 100 km per hour, standing ¼ times, the inclination of this and that at 150klm per hour on a 12.5% gradient curve, in rainy weather – and other stuff that bores me no end.

thecarguy.com.au is taking a different path on the journey to helping you purchase a new car. I’ll do my best to advise you on what I consider to be the most important information when it comes to that major decision to purchase a car. Interior room, features of the car, fuel economy, safety, service prices, resale and lots more. I’ll tell you what I like about a particular car and as importantly, what I don’t like, to find at least to be less than I think a car should have. .

And I’ll ask for your opinion. Take some pics of what you’re driving and tell me and our audience what you particularly like or dislike about your car. Because besides prospective new car buyers, there’s a lot of people who’ll read your comments as used car buyers.

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